The Aztecs were a people who came into the Valley of Mexico in the 12th century and quickly rose to become the dominant power in Mesoamerica.
The capital of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, was built on Lake Texcoco on raised islands.
The Inca were a tribe around the 12th century who formed a city-state, Cuzco which became a major city and capital of a powerful and wealthy empire in Peru, Bolivia and Equador.
They played a ballgame with ritual significance and left behind elaborate ball courts.
Most of the people lived in small farming communities.
The Aztecs formed an empire commanding tribute from other city states in Mesoamerica.
The Aztecs were at the peak of their power when in 1521 they were destroyed by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors.
They ruled their empire with a centralized government and four provincial governments.
Inca Creation Myth The Classic Maya Civilization 250-900 CE developed a hieroglyphic writing system.The demise of this dynamic civilization is a mystery, but around 900 AD they abandoned their cities.The Mayan people did not disappear and continue to live in Mexico and Central America.Part of religious ceremony involved drinking an intoxicant called balche.The great cities such as Tikal, and Palenque of the classical period and Chichen Itza of the post classical period, were religious centers and were inhabited mostly by the priests.They were a religious society and held festivals throughout the year to ensure the favor of the gods.